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  • Friendship sloop race is more of a crawl

    Friendship sloop race is more of a crawl

    SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Racing a sailboat, especially a gaff-rigged one, requires some wind. If there’s not much wind, you need some serious strategy. Thirteen Friendship sloops were on the starting line Saturday for the annual Southwest Harbor Rendezvous and Race. Scott Martin, who took over from Miff Lauriat this year as commodore of this little

  • All are winners at the Hospice Regatta

    All are winners at the Hospice Regatta

    MOUNT DESERT — The 22nd annual Hospice Regatta saw three days of intense racing last weekend and while only one boat could finish first in each event, everyone came away winners. Until this year, the Hospice Regatta occupied two days, with several smaller boats and junior sailors racing on Friday and International One-Design sloops and

  • Deer Isle names new principal

    DEER ISLE — Deer Isle-Stonington High School has a new principal. The board voted earlier this month to hire Dennis Duquette. Duquette replaces Ed Hatch, who resigned after serving for one year. School Union 76 Superintendent Christian Elkington said Duquette will be paid a salary of $90,000. The new principal will not receive insurance benefits,

  • MMA eyes Verso site

    MMA eyes Verso site

    BUCKSPORT — The former Verso paper mill site is proving an attractive prospective business partner thanks to its location and utilities. Maine Maritime Academy is revisiting plans to move its continuing education services to a portion of the former Verso mill site near an area that has been proposed for land-based salmon farming operations. “We’re

  • Collins, King, Poliquin call for rollback of newsprint tariffs

    Collins, King, Poliquin call for rollback of newsprint tariffs

    ELLSWORTH — U.S. Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) and U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine) were among lawmakers who testified before the International Trade Commission (ITC) on Tuesday in opposition to tariffs imposed by the Commerce Department that have caused the price of newsprint to rise over 20 percent in recent months. “The

  • Schoodic Arts luncheon raises $30,000

    Schoodic Arts luncheon raises $30,000

    WINTER HARBOR — More than 100 local and seasonal residents turned out for Schoodic Arts for All’s eighth annual Summer Luncheon on July 13, where $30,000 was raised to help fund the nonprofit organization that is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Vocalist and pianist Roberta DeMuro delighted luncheon-goers with her lively performance that got them clapping

  • Environmental champion Nathaniel Reed dies at 84

    Environmental champion Nathaniel Reed dies at 84

    WINTER HARBOR — Nathaniel Reed, a summer resident of Grindstone Neck in Winter Harbor and a longtime supporter of the Schoodic Institute, died on July 11 in Quebec City. He was 84. A prominent environmentalist who championed conservation activities in the Florida Everglades, Reed served as assistant United States secretary of the interior. He served

  • County Ambulance settles case with government

    County Ambulance settles case with government

    ELLSWORTH — County Ambulance has entered into a civil settlement agreement with the federal and state governments to resolve allegations that it submitted false claims to Medicare and MaineCare from January 2015 through April 2016, according to a press release issued Tuesday by U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank. County Ambulance, which belongs to John Partridge,

  • Council to extend city manager’s contract

    Council to extend city manager’s contract

    ELLSWORTH — City councilors “have agreed in principle” to extend City Manager David Cole’s contract, Chairman Marc Blanchette said at the council’s meeting on Monday evening. Cole was hired in 2015. His three-year contract expires Aug. 17. “We’re still doing a bit of word-sleuthing to dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s,” said

  • Body found on Goose Cove mud flats

    Body found on Goose Cove mud flats

    TRENTON — The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and the Maine Marine Patrol are investigating an unattended death that was reported Wednesday morning on the mud flats on Goose Cove on Oak Point Road in Trenton. Maine Marine Patrol Sgt. Troy Dow said “the investigation is in its infancy,” and that it is too soon to